Unity March to take back the Bronx

AMITY PAYE Amsterdam News Web Editor | 6/20/2013, 10:42 a.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., hundreds are expected to descend on 138th Street at the Madison Avenue Bridge in the Bronx to protest stop-and-frisk and other racist policing tactics used by the New York Police Department.

"Stop the cops ... from frisking and brutalizing our youth! ... from targeting immigrant and Muslim communities! ... from harassing women and LGBTQ people!" reads the march's official Facebook page, which also names Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham and Amadou Diallo as just a few of the many victims of police brutality, which the protest is against. "On Feb. 23, we fight back. We will have a Unity March from the Bronx to Harlem to say 'No!' to the NYPD. Instead of constant harassment and brutality, it is time for our communities to get organized and reclaim our blocks!"

The protest will also address racist policing against poor Black and Latino neighborhoods and against Muslim, Middle Eastern and South Asian communities. A long list of notables have endorsed the event, including former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark; former Rep. Cynthia McKinney; Students United for a Free CUNY; Stop Stop and Frisk; the New Black Panther Party; Pam Africa, chairwoman of International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal; VOCAL-NY; and various local Cop Watch groups.

The protest comes just one week after NAACP President Ben Jealous addressed the issue of stop-and-frisk at Nazarene Congregational Church in Brooklyn. "Kids in this city are too afraid of the very people who have sworn to respect and protect them," said Jealous, condemning Mayor Michael Bloomberg's defense of stop-and-frisk.